Friday, February 20, 2009

New publication to boost NZ media diversity

By Thakur Ranjit Singh: Pacific Media Centre

A new Indian weekly publication will hit the New Zealand market next month. Known as the Indian Weekender, it will be a paper for largely Indian readers spread around Auckland and Hamilton initially. It will be spread to other areas later.

This paper attempts to fill the vacuum of positive community news that New Zealand does not hear about. There are so many unsung heroes and heroines in Indian
communities doing commendable work, but never get into papers as positive news.

The Indian Weekender will be the first real community-based Indian newspaper.

The launch is planned during the Waitakere Holi Mela at Trusts Stadium Grounds, Central Park Drive, Henderson on March 22.

* Ranjit Singh (pictured at last year's Pacific Islands Media Association conference) is a key reporter with this new publishing venture. As a community worker volunteer, he is keen to hear from organisations about their "unpublished stories". He is also a masters student with AUT University, attached to the Pacific Media Centre. Photo: PMC.

1 comment:

Guna Magesan said...

Namaste. Thanks for your news regarding Indian Weekender. It is a fantastic idea and definitely it will help our Indian community. You will soon receive some information about 1st New Zealand Hindu Youth Conference, and also seminar on "Medication & Meditation". This seminar is a follow up of last year's seminar theme "Spirituality and Mental Health".

Many community activities take place at Hindu Heritage Centre and HHC could become one of the outlets for this newspaper.

Best wishes with the new project.

With kind regards
Guna Magesan